New Executive Director of PASS
Rick Skilliter became the Executive Director of PASS on July 1, 2019. PASS is expanding its footprint in Ohio as a certified prevention agency. This change allows for continuity of programming during that expansion.
Following his 27-year career in law enforcement, Rick joined PASS. He retired as the Chief of Police in Bluffton, after also serving as the village’s EMS Chief.
Throughout his career, Rick participated in a peer-led initiative to provide support and stabilization to colleagues affected by critical incidents. Rick eventually became the local coordinator for the Critical Incident Stress Management team. He facilitated its growth into an all-hazards response team. It now provides peer support, support to schools, and community groups affected by tragedy.
Rick started with PASS in 2017. As PASS expanded services for the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board, Rick became the Associate Director to assist with management and planning. Union County asked PASS to bring prevention services to their residents. This led to Donna Dickman transitioning to open an office in Marysville and Rick becoming the new Executive Director.
Rick and his wife Meri have three grown children living in the area. Evan (Rachel) Skilliter lives in Bluffton, Jordan is completing engineering school at the University of Toledo and is an EMT with Bluffton EMS, and Braden (Constance) is deputy sheriff for Putnam County. Meri is the superintendent of Ada Exempted Village Schools. Rick and Meri are owned by three dogs, two of whom are certified therapy dogs who serve on the CISM team.
Rick Skilliter, Executive Director of PASS